<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.es/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[Fungi that make fun guys jealous - Mamalo o Wahine]]> http://azarius.es/news/709/Fungi_that_make_fun_guys_jealous_-_Mamalo_o_Wahine/ Azarius loves all kinds of mushrooms and related facts, but the following story raised some eyebrows. In fact even our biggest shroomonaut hadn’t heard of the tale of the mythical Mamalo o Wahine (women’s mushroom) or as it is commonly known: 'Hawaiian stinkhorn’.

And yes, that’s a very sexy name.

The mythical Mamalo o Wahine

Legends speak of a mushroom with peculiar properties; giving rise to tales of women who encounter this mushroom in the forest and fall into ecstatic sexual fits of orgasmic proportion. Mamalo o Wahine, the mushroom that makes women go mad with desire.

Sounds too far-fetched to be true, doesn’t it? Well, apparently it’s quite real!

An article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms describes a strange and wonderful practice in Hawaii: women coming together to search for a particular mushroom. Upon finding it, they inhale the aroma. The scent causes pronounced sexual arousal, often orgasmic in nature! Coming together to cum together - these women have come a long way from the Tupperware parties and high teas.

Imagine the collective frustrated sigh of millions of men who couldn’t achieve with groovy moves and flashy cars what one little mushroom can with its scent. Beaten by the stinkhorn. Does life get any more miserable for men?

Just look at this smug fungus. It even has a phallus shape, as if to add another "fuck you" to the insult.

Mamalo o Wahine mushroom

Nature at its naughtiest: spontaneous mushroom orgasm

According to the publication in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, the smell of the fresh fungus can trigger spontaneous orgasms in human females. In the trial involving 16 women, 6 had orgasms while smelling the fruit body. The other ten, who received smaller doses, experienced physiological changes such as increased heart rate.

All of the 20 men tested considered the smell disgusting. Presumably their conversation quickly turned to beer, sports results and Taylor Swift's nipples on a cold winter morning. In short: the fungus had no effect on men. According to the authors, the results suggest that the hormone-like compounds present in the volatile portion of the gleba may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters released in females during sexual activity.

Stinkhorny?

Considering the evidence, our conclusion is simple. Nature is really weird and quite awesome. What a wonderful world we live in!

Know any weird mushroom tales? Have brilliant ideas for what we could do with the Hawaiian stinkhorn? Let the world know in the comments!

Sources

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/709/Fungi_that_make_fun_guys_jealous_-_Mamalo_o_Wahine/
<![CDATA[Visual drugs: a decade of Google drug searches]]> http://azarius.es/news/710/Visual_drugs__a_decade_of_Google_drug_searches/ Add some colour to your day! This animated infographic shows what illicit substances Americans are googling the most.

The chart below shows the dominant drug-related search terms throughout different US states in the past decade. At the very least it's more entertaining

It’s no secret that methamphetamine became one of the most commonly abused drugs in the 2000s. With a lower street price and a more intense high, meth rapidly surpassed cocaine as it swept across middle America. At the height of the meth epidemic in 2005–2006, it was the single most-searched drug in dozens of states.

Around the time meth became the subject of greater law enforcement attention and crackdowns, Adderall, a prescription stimulant, increasingly became a substance of abuse. Searches for the anxiety medication Xanax have also risen throughout the Midwest and South, at the same time that Xanax-related ER visits have doubled over six years.

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American national trends in drug searches likewise reflect trends in illicit drug usage and popularity. After its 2005–2006 peak, interest in meth has once again soared as the drug continues to infiltrate American communities. And as addictive prescription painkillers have become more tightly regulated, heroin has become an increasingly popular substitute.

Sources

Withdrawal.net

Afbeelding via Northpointrecovery.com

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/710/Visual_drugs__a_decade_of_Google_drug_searches/
<![CDATA[Landjuweel 2015: come join our Psychedelic Sessions]]> http://azarius.es/news/711/Landjuweel_2015__come_join_our_Psychedelic_Sessions/ From Wednesday 29 July to Sunday 2 August, Ruigoord is home to the 2015 edition of the Landjuweel festival. Azarius will be there, not just as a guest but as one of the organisers of the Psychedelic Sessions. If you're at Landjuweel on Friday, come on by the saloon!

What's the dealio?

The Psychedelic Sessions is six thought-provoking lectures on the psychedelic experience. Most of us know about trippin' and spacin', but what do psychedelics have to offer us from ritualistic, therapeutic, scientific or spiritual point of view?

Our speakers include Hans Plomp, the most famous Dutch psychonaut and a founder of Ruigoord, and Hans van den Hurk, founder of one of the first smartshops in the Netherlands, Conscious Dreams. From ayahuasca to peyote to LSD, everything psychedelic will be dissected.

The Psychedelic Sessions is hosted at the Ruigoord saloon, Friday 31 July from 1 pm - 6 pm.

(Please note: lectures will be in Dutch)

Ruigoord?

For those unfamiliar, Ruigoord is a village outside Amsterdam. In 1973, the abandoned village was squatted by a group of artists and has since become a small but flourishing community. Ruigoord is an idealistic and idyllic place where artists come together to work on joint projects.

What is Landjuweel?

The Landjuweel festival is the cultural highlight at Ruigoord. A special kind of festival, it's a five-day celebration of spontaneous creativity and a maze of insane playfulness. Expect lots of live music, talented DJ's, theatre, art, poetry, workshops, all kinds of shows and spectacles, spontaneous jamming sessions and secret corners.

Tickets & more information

The full Landjuweel programme will be available shortly on the Ruigoord website.

We hope to see you there, enjoying this unforgettable and extravagant festival with us!

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/711/Landjuweel_2015__come_join_our_Psychedelic_Sessions/
<![CDATA[Five tips for a great summer trip]]> http://azarius.es/news/708/Five_tips_for_a_great_summer_trip/ You don’t need to travel great lengths to have the ultimate summer trip. In fact, you can have a great trip in your own backyard. The Azarius smartshop offers plenty of tickets to innerspace and we guarantee you’ll never have a cheaper long distance flight!

Here are our five summer trip recommendations.

Magic truffles

1. Truffles

Taking magic truffles while surrounded by nature is something everyone should experience at least once. You’d be surprised how far one can travel while sitting completely still.

Truffles will give you a stoned, psychedelic, philosophical, giddy and visual experience. A trip usually lasts 4 to 6 hours depending on the dosage and your sensitivity. If it’s your first time, make sure there’s an experienced co-pilot with you.

LSA Hawaiian Baby Woodrose

2. LSA

Another thing to try in an outside setting such as nature or a music festival is LSA. Lysergic Acid Amide is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in many plants. It can be seen as a natural substitute for LSD, though not as intense.

At Azarius, you can try LSA by purchasing morning glory or Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds. Be sure to look up some guides on how to prepare and take these seeds, as nausea is unfortunately quite common.

Read the hawaiian baby woodrose trip guide.

legal highs & energizers

3. Energizers

Summer and great parties go together like coffee and mornings, thunder and lightning, macaroni and cheese, and…well you get the idea. Energizer formulas are a much lighter trip than some of the other options here; a fun excursion if you will. This is great if you want to get your feet wet in the wonderful world of altered states, but don’t want to dive off the deep end.

But, if you feel like something a bit more intense, the Trip-E experience was rated 4 out of 5 stars by the Azarius Test Team.

magic mushrooms

4. Mushrooms

The summer is an ideal season for growing magic mushrooms with our ‘Ready-to-Grow’ or ‘Easy’ grow kits. The temperature in your living room or bedroom should be perfect, but just be careful not to place the kit in direct sunlight.

Taking psychedelic mushrooms has been described as taking a voyage to the spirit world. With a medium dose, the trip lasts 4 - 6 hours. If it’s your first time, make sure there’s an experienced co-pilot with you.

Utopia

5. Utopia

Who doesn’t want a utopian summer? Utopia is a relatively new formula in the Psychedelics category and contains a blend of Mitragyna speciosa extract and Hawaiian baby woodrose. The Azarius Test Team already took this trip and reported a ‘comfortable, relaxing’ experience.

If that sounds like something you’d want in your summer, give it a go! Utopia is available at a discount until the end of July, as part of the Azarius Summer Sale.

The Greatest Journey of all?

And there you have it, great trips that will have you sightseeing yet save your friends and family the horrible ordeal of being forced to look at your smug photo album on Facebook. And think of all the hassle you’re saving yourself. No packing bags, waiting at the airport and all the stress you get from travelling.

What if the greatest journey is simply the one you embark on in your mind? Exploring the far corners of your psyche is just as exciting and adventurous as a trek through the jungle.

One last thing: always travel safe. Read our article on using psychedelics safely to properly prepare yourself.

Enjoy your trip!

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/708/Five_tips_for_a_great_summer_trip/
<![CDATA[Festival inspiration 2015]]> http://azarius.es/news/706/Festival_inspiration_2015/ We love festivals. Not only because of the music, the freedom, the ultimate feeling of no obligations and just fun. But also because of the people. We loooooove people who dress up!

These are our favourite dress-up ideas:

Seen at Burning Man: fantastic costumes

At Burning Man, organised every year in one of the hottest deserts on earth, the ornate outfits have become a huge part of the festival. Bikinis, body paint, tutus, masks, headdresses, wigs, floral crowns and feathers — it's all there! Often all worn at once.

burning man

burning man

Tip: use one of our batik throws to make your own fashionable, or less fashionable depending on what you prefer, creation.

Flower power face paint

During the sixties and seventies, makeup was reinvented. During this liberating era, it became a new way of artistic expression for women, and not much later, when glam rock became hip, men joined in too.

flower power make up

psychedelic seventies make up

Neon nights

Be a star, shine like a diamond... Or just play around with neon paint and powder and see what the result looks like when it gets dark.

Create the following looks with Neon face and body paint and Neon colour glitter powder.

neon face paint

neon face paint

If you aren't all too crazy about dressing up, but you're up for some good fun, check out the following items.

Twinklerz psychedelic glasses

We were seriously amazed when we saw how these glasses add a super psychedelic touch to your regular sight. We recommend bringing a couple of spare one, as you'll be making lots of friends with these Twinklerz glasses.

festival psychedelic glasses

Mini water gun

In the case of hot weather, you'll be making friends with this one too. Fun guaranteed! A small water gun that fits easily in every backpack.

festival water gun

Walkie Talkie

Who cares about cell phones, wifi, Whatsapp, Instagram, when you can use walkie talkies? A festival in the forest or an abandoned military base is the perfect excuse for carring around this. classic communication device.

festival walkie talkie

Holi powder

Spice up your next festival with this colourful Indian holi powder!

holi powder

holi powder

Festival? Be practical!

Whoops, after weeks and weeks of waiting, suddenly the festival is only a couple of days away. That's when you realise you don't have a sleeping bag/water kettle/poncho. No worries, all these super practical items are available from our festivalshop as well.

All festival items (some practical, some are not)

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/706/Festival_inspiration_2015/
<![CDATA[Azarius Summer Sale]]> http://azarius.es/news/707/Azarius_Summer_Sale/ This strange little rock in space is once again rotating at an optimal angle to that big flaming ball of death at the centre of our solar system. As the Azarius team basked in the quite possible deadly cosmic rays, we came up with a brilliant new concept that will shake the world to its very core: a special sale to celebrate one of our most beloved seasons.

Introducing the one and only, world-exclusive Summer Sale™!

Our sale includes savings of up to 70% and a majestic meteor shower of products that will add colour & magic to your summer. The sale will last until the end of July.

Sale highlights

Show all Summer Sale™ discounts

You may see other websites and businesses use this very same idea, but just remember you heard it here first, folks.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/707/Azarius_Summer_Sale/
<![CDATA[Breaking Convention psychedelic conference 10 - 12 July]]> http://azarius.es/news/704/Breaking_Convention_psychedelic_conference_10_-_12_July/ Do you like conventions? Are you (planning to be) in England this weekend? Do you value psychedelic consciousness? Do you hate endless questions as much as we do? Well then, we have just the thing!

The University of Greenwich in London is hosting the third edition of the Breaking Convention conference. It will run for three days and features ten symposia of invited speakers with an estimated total of 140 talks, making it one of the largest psychedelics conferences in the world.

At the time of writing there are still a few tickets available, but you may wish to hurry.

Programme

The programme includes talks by over 120 experts, plus experiential and training workshops, mind-altering installations, art and dance performances, light shows, a comprehensive bookshop, two visionary art exhibitions, live bands and DJs performing at evening parties, and a psychedelic film festival.

And did we mention a whole bunch of happy-looking people? Why just look at this group photo. Who wouldn't want to be part of that lively bunch?

Breaking Convention

More information

Visit the website BreakingConvention.co.uk for more information.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/704/Breaking_Convention_psychedelic_conference_10_-_12_July/
<![CDATA[The magic of mushroom cultivation]]> http://azarius.es/news/701/The_magic_of_mushroom_cultivation/ Always wanted to cultivate your own magic mushrooms? Why not start now?

Mushroom cultivation is not difficult, it just requires a bit of care and attention. Mushrooms grow from spores and especially the inoculation phase, where you inject the spores in a sterilized substrate is a little hazardous, as contamination needs to be prevented.

After a couple of weeks the mycelium will be fully developed and the fruiting season can begin! It’s absolutely amazing to see how your babies turn from small pinheads into full-grown beauties. And every strain has its own specific looks.

Step-by-step

We just added a brand new encyclopaedia article on mushroom cultivation. It contains a step-by-step guide, useful information on different species and strains, a quick look into the history of mushroom cultivation and lots of helpful links.

Did you for example know magic mushrooms grow all over the world? And did you know this was only a recent discovery? Psilocybe azurescens is the most potent species and it actually grows outdoors in a Northern European climate. However, Psilocybe cubensis is the most widespread species as it’s the easiest one to cultivate. Indoors it grows all year long. So actually every moment is a good moment to start...

Magic mushroom cultivation

Want to learn more? You know where to go!

(Disclaimer: we don't condone the growing of mushrooms in countries where it's illegal to do. Any information on this website is solely intended to brighten your idea. Stay in school, cover your mouth when you sneeze, etc.)

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/701/The_magic_of_mushroom_cultivation/
<![CDATA[Science, b*tch! Cannabis safer than alcohol and tobacco]]> http://azarius.es/news/702/Science_b_tch_Cannabis_safer_than_alcohol_and_tobacco/ The people who call the shots are sure of it. They need to protect us against cannabis. This little plant constitutes a big risk to your health. Yet, how realistic is this image?

Completely unrealistic, according to science. But the people who dictate policies are not listening.

Do you want to live a long and prosperous life, but would you still like to add a little colour it every now and then? If there was an official recommendation seal for recreational drugs, cannabis would take the number one spot. A joint is relatively safe. Up to 114 timers safer than alcohol in fact, as shown in a recent study.

Least risky drug

In this study, scientists tested a number of known stimulants (it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it). They've determined the difference between a conventional dose and lethal dose. With alcohol, this gap is the smallest. With cannabis the largest. Meaning that killing yourself by overdosing on cannabis is highly unlikely.

Least risky recreational substances

That doesn't mean that smoking or otherwise using cannabis is completely safe, but it shows that a few tokes are not as devastating on the body as you would be led to believe. Important to note: it's also about quantity. A glass of wine now and again is less harmful than smoking a joint every day.

Be Wise, Vaporize

But if you want to reduce harm even further, you'd do well not to smoke at all. For example by using a vaporizer or by using edibles. This lets you prevent the intake of harmful by-products you really don't want.

Pigs in the mud

It's deeply tragic these facts don't seem to register with the people that are in control of the Netherlands. The department of justice wants to completely eliminate cannabis cultivation. To 'protect us', as they are fully convinced that cannabis is a big threat to your well-being.

Bart Nieuwenhuizen, chief prosecutor and member of the hemp task force. "We need to get rid of the romantic image of a happy spliff smoker. Soft drugs make people sluggish. It's about organized crime that undermines society as well as something that is very harmful to public health."

That 'romantic image' is a prejudice (we're working on it). There wouldn't be any crime without the repressive legislation. As to public health, the truth is - at the very least - much more nuanced. Dutch legislators are bathing in ignorance like pigs bathing in the mud.

Sources & read more

Scientific Reports, Washington Post, The Verge.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/702/Science_b_tch_Cannabis_safer_than_alcohol_and_tobacco/
<![CDATA[Altered states of cooking: Holy Crêpe ]]> http://azarius.es/news/699/Altered_states_of_cooking__Holy_Cr_pe/ Today another recipe for some mind-bending cooking. Looks familiar? Maybe you already read about our famous holy crpes in the latest Azarius magazine...

Vegan Maca Pancakes

Holy crpe! How could this be bad, right? For those not familiar with maca, its an extremely nutritious energizer and potency enhancer.

The maca root contains a high amount of minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc), sterols and up to twenty essential fatty acids, lipids, fibre, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids. Maca is very healthy and absolutely tasty!

Maca pancakes

Enough for about 8 pancakes:

  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons of Herbs of the Gods maca powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of unrefined sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of soy/rice/almond milk
  • Pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together, until very smooth. Oil a pan and when hot, use a ladle to dose the pancakes into the pan. Wait for a couple of minutes, with medium heat, and give it a shake.

The pancake should slide easily. Flip it like a boss. Wait a couple more minutes et voil, your holy crpe is ready to go!

Serve with ice cream, fruit, maple syrup or anything you like.

Maca pancakes

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/699/Altered_states_of_cooking__Holy_Cr_pe/